Originally Posted by kheidg-
2. Ozzie Smith
I'm of the mind that topnotch glove work should be a consideration in entering the Hall of Fame and I think that's the primary reason Ozzie is in the hall. I also think it's why Concepcion should be in (albeit just barely). Smith and Concepcion were at the tailend of light hitting shortstops. Today they pale beside the beefier shortstops of today (although that might be a whole different debate).
My thought on this question of defense as a factor is that ultimately it acknowledges that baseball isn't only about offense. And it's not just about the boppers, the beefy numbers (particularly home runs). I think Smith and Concepcion brought something to this game which makes it an art and not just for sluggers.